Posted by journeysinward | Posted in Hypnotherapy | Posted on 19-12-2010-05-2008
Over the past 20 years the field of sports psychology has grown and increasing numbers of teen athletes are being brought by their parents for hypnosis, to help their child focus and raise their performance level.
It’s no different than a pro having a personal trainer. The hard-to-break stereotype that hypnosis carries with it keeps people from finding out what a useful tool it can be. Hypnotherapy is a useful tool not only the typical issues that are associated with it like Smoking Cessation and Weight Loss but in helping athletes to become the best they can be at their sport. Visualization can be an extremely powerful tool and in a hypnosis session the client visualizes and practices in their mind doing their sport and various motor skills perfectly, until they feel more confident, able to overcome fear and experience lower anxiety levels. When the time comes to perform they have done the mental rehearsal in their mind so many times that they just go on auto pilot and the results are amazing! I have worked with many athletes and found that whether it is golf, skiing, or even dog sled racing, all athletes need to work on their anxiety levels, concentration, motivation, and self-confidence, as well as strengthening the neural patterns in the brain through mental rehearsal. There are so many factors to consider, stress levels, pressure, sleep patterns, mental attitude, diet, etc.
With my clients I include, yoga breathing techniques, power breathing, relaxation exercises, as well as I help to mitigate the effects of distracting psychological factors. After all the work is done I set a post hypnotic suggestion so that all they need to do is touch their shoulder or say a word and all the mental skills come back to them in an instant.
I have athletes calling me and saying that they won this race or that one and attributing it to the work we have done together. Its fun, I really enjoy this kind of work!